Dozens of people were killed in clashes in the Turkish capital as groups inside the army attempted to bring down the government, local media reported, citing the prosecutor's office. 42 people, 17 of them police and others civilians, were killed in Ankara, NTV reported on Saturday, July 16, citing the chief prosecutor's office in the capital's Golbasi district.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has instructed the military to shoot down an aircraft hijacked by coup plotters, an official said Saturday. "Fighter jets have left the air base in Eskisehir" in western Turkey with the aim of hunting down the rogue craft, the official said.
Yildirim earlier said in comments to NTV television that the situation in Turkey was "largely under control" after a military attempt to bring down the government. Turkey's intelligence agency MIT was targeted by hijacked helicopters but the coup attempt was "foiled", its spokesman told the channel, adding that there were no casualties at MIT. A presidential source on Friday, July 15, said a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Sikorsky helicopter hijacked by coup plotters seeking to oust the government.